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Company and tech news from the region. ActionFront saves failed iPod

Atlanta-based ActionFront Data Recovery Labs said it had recovered data from a failed iPod. Like most MP3 players, the iPod can double as a data backup device. This iPod was submitted to ActionFront to retrieve inaccessible application data. The company said the iPod’s 1.8-inch drives use a new embedded ATA interface that appears similar to the PC-card type interface but is entirely different. ActionFront said it is the only company capable of recovering data from IBM’s 1 inch MicroDrive, which also requires a special tool set. ActionFront recovers information from downed computers, backups and corrupted or deleted file-sets including hard drives, tapes, floppies, optical disks, network servers, RAID, NAS, SAN and tape libraries and from corrupted SQL, Oracle, and Exchange Server files.

Forsythe Solutions buys NBG

Skokie, Ill.-based Forsythe Solutions Group Inc. bought Atlanta-based National Business Group Inc. (NBG), a networking integration company, for an undisclosed amount. The deal is the second acquisition of a security services company in the past two years for Forsythe. NBG had revenues of $40 million in 2003 and has 60 employees.

Organic Valley picks Agilisys

Atlanta-based Agilisys Inc., a provider of supply-chain management and ERP solutions in the process industries, said Organic Valley Family of Farms, the largest organic farmer-owned cooperative in North America, selected the complete Agilisys supply chain solution including Advanced Planning, Advanced Scheduling, Demand Planning and ERP capabilities. Agilisys also said it acquired Germany-based Infor business solutions AG, a provider of ERP solutions for mid-sized companies.

CTS Group opens headquarters in Atlanta

CTS North America Inc. has established its headquarters in Atlanta.

The company is the North American arm of Italy-based CTS Group, a global provider of document readers, scanners and encoders. Heiko Oberman, who has two decades of international sales and marketing experience with leading global enterprises, has been hired as the company’s CEO. Its president, Antonio Santos, was responsible for forming CTS North America last November.

Boyd named new Agility CEO

Atlanta-based Agility Recovery Solutions, a provider of on-site business continuity solutions across the United States and Canada announced the appointment of Bob Boyd as president and CEO. Boyd comes to Agility from Muzak Inc., a $230 million company focused on satellite-delivered business communication services.

Dorian updates Event Alarm

Atlanta-based Dorian Software Creations Inc. announced the release of Event Alarm 3.1, a greatly enhanced component of its total event log management software suite. A free download of the evaluation software is available at Event Alarm 3.1 expands on the flexibility with which networks and network security can be monitored by providing: fewer false positives; expanded alarm; grouping capability; more flexible custom notifications; alarm importing and exporting; and a more powerful listener console.

VR Systems Inc. buys Florida company

VR Systems Inc. has completed its acquisition of CyberQuest Partners Inc., a Florida company with plans to manufacture and distribute a virtual reality technology for computers. Financial terms were not disclosed. CyberQuest CEO Mark E. Gray has named CEO of Atlanta-based VR Systems, replacing Robert Wallace, who served as president of VR Systems since 2002. Gray has a background in investment banking, specializing in mergers and acquisitions.

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